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Our Ebikes Climbed 3000 Feet With Power To Spare

A Culinary Cycling Tour of Prachatice, Czech Republic

My Czech lunch of fried cheese and potato finished, I’m ready to head out and burn off some of the 1,000 calories I’ve just ingested. The plan is to spend the rest of the day on a 37 kilometre culinary cycling tour. Make that an ebike tour beginning in Prachatice, Czech Republic. On this beautiful fall day I am biking with six guys – between the ages of 26 and 34. I don’t usually feel…

Galatea Lakes In Late September After A Snowfall

The Galatea Lakes Hike in Kananaskis, Alberta

The Galatea Lakes hike in Kananaskis Country is accessed via the trail to Lillian Lake. This area was hit hard in the 2013 floods but the trail has been rebuilt, with new bridges added and lots of signage. In fact it's one of the best signed trails I've seen in Kananaskis Country. All told it's 5.5 kilometres one way to Lillian Lake and an additional 1.1 kilometres to reach Galatea Lakes. There is an elevation…

Rozmberk Nad Vltavou

10 Essential Stops in South Bohemia, Czech Republic

South Bohemia is a beautiful area south of Prague that largely flies under the radar of foreign tourists - save for the storybook-like town of Český Krumlov. South Bohemia is definitely not a mainstream destination. And yet it's got an embarrassment of riches including a plethora of fairy-tale like castles, charming villages, pretty man-made lakes, massive forests (the largest in Central Europe), excellent restaurants and plenty of scenic places to drink a pilsner beer. Allow…

Superb Views Towards Kandersteg

A Stunning 6 Day Hike on the Via Alpina in Switzerland

The Via Alpina in Switzerland is a long distance hiking trail made up of three distinct sections covering different parts of the country. John and I hiked six of the 20 one-day stages that make up the 390 kilometre red trail route. This part of the Via Alpina starts in Vaduz in eastern Switzerland and ends in Montreux in the west. Over its length, it climbs 23,600 metres (77,400 feet) and crosses 14 alpine passes.…

Very Pretty Scene Looking Down Saint Mary Lake

A Scenic Road Trip to East Glacier & St. Mary, Montana

If you're looking for a scenic road trip in the west, do the drive south from Calgary to East Glacier and St. Mary at the eastern edge of Glacier National Park in Montana. Use either village as a base camp to further explore the Crown of the Continent ecosystem and enjoy the world-class mountain scenery. The drive from Calgary starts with far-reaching views of the plains and grasslands to the east. But as you travel…

On The Spetside Way Whiskey Trail In Scotland

A Dram Good Time: The Speyside Way Whiskey Tour

The Speyside Way Whiskey Tour – Scotland, September 4 to 14, 2019 by Nicola Ross “Let’s go on a hiking trip together sometime,” my friend Susan suggested. My response was immediate: “Where? When?” We decided on Scotland, a year hence. Meanwhile, I came across information about the Speyside Way Whiskey Tour, and since I didn’t care where in Scotland, and Susan is a single-malt-whiskey enthusiast, it was agreed. The only fly in the ointment was…

Aare Gorge

The Fabulous Aare Gorge Canyon Walk in Meiringen

The Aare Gorge canyon walk is another one of Switzerland's fabulous nature excursions. It's an easy, family-friendly experience that takes at most, a half day. Access is straight-forward from the town of Meiringen in the Bernese Oberland. (To get your bearings, Interlaken is just 25 minutes west by car.) The glacier fed Aare River - Switzerland's longest river - cuts through a narrow limestone gorge thousands of years in the making called the Aare Gorge.…

Views Of Lake Brienz From Brienzer Rothorn

The Brienzer Rothorn via a Scenic Trip by Steam Train

Visit Brienzer Rothorn, the highest mountain of the Emmental Alps in Switzerland via an outrageously scenic ride on the Brienz Rothorn steam train. You can of course hike up if you're feeling energetic - or down, but the train is a fun experience and a great way to enjoy the landscape. Sitting at an elevation of 2,350 metres, the Brienzer Rothorn enjoys superb views of Lake Brienz - the lake that lies directly east of…

Enjoying Spectacular Views From The Summit

Test Your Mettle on the EEOR Hike near Canmore

The EEOR hike (short for east end of Rundle) near Canmore is an out and back scramble that will test your mettle. It's steep from the get-go with an elevation gain of 875 metres over just 2.9 kilometres. For many people the EEOR hike will be a challenge. It's got lots of loose rock which is unsettling for some - and a cliff band with rock ledges along with some exposure near the top to…

Wildflowers In Abundance On The Ski Slopes In Rossland BC

The Best Hotel in Rossland BC to Sleep, Eat & Play

A visit to Rossland BC has been on my radar for years. While I didn't appreciate what a cute mountain town Rossland is until my summer visit, I did know that the town is a dream destination - albeit an out of the way one - for skiers. In fact it was at RED Mountain Resort where Nancy Greene, Canada's female athlete of the 20th century, cut her teeth skiing. The ski hill is well-known…

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